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Collider Teams Determine Mass Of World's Heaviest Elementary Particle

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 03.22.2014 | Science

In the first joint result from the world's two leading particle colliders, scientists have determined the mass of the heaviest elementary particle, th...

In 500 Trillion Collisions, Physicists Find Traces Of Elusive Particle

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 02.25.2014 | Science

The hunt for new physics may have to continue for a while longer. Scientists have found traces of an ultra-rare process to form top quarks, the par...

Stupid Is the New Black

Todd R. Miller | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
Todd R. Miller

The 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA, results are in, and there's some really good news for those that worry about the U.S. becoming a nation of brainy elitists.

Ironic End to a Big Science Project

Christopher T. Hill | Posted 11.30.2013 | Science
Christopher T. Hill

It is the height of irony that at the same time the SSC perished, the community of academic economists was finally comprehending, in detail, what actually causes economies to grow and prosper.

EXPLAINED: How Atom Smashers Work

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 08.19.2013 | Science

Particle physicists have the coolest job: smashing subatomic particles together at insane speeds to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Atom smas...

How Many Times In Your Life?

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 10.11.2013 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

Events of August 4, 2013 As our car turned off the highway and past the entrance sign that read "BNL: Brookhaven National Laboratory", everything see...

Accelerator's Massive Magnet To Make Long, Complicated Move

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

UPTON, N.Y. -- New York to Chicago, in five weeks? Scientists on Long Island are preparing to move a 50-foot-wide electromagnet 3,200 miles over land...

Long Trip Planned For Big Particle Storage Ring

Posted 05.10.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 05/09/2013 03:09 PM EDT on LiveScience A particle storage ring spanning 50 feet (15 meters) in diameter i...

Atom Smashers May Help Settle Longstanding Physics Debate

Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

By: Jesse Emspak, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/16/2013 10:29 AM EDT on LiveScience The new generation of atom smashers such as the Large ...

Elusive God Particle's Wayne State Connection

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 07.05.2012 | Detroit

Several researchers from Wayne State University in Detroit had good cause to celebrate Wednesday after scientists at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, ...

There's No God (Damn) Particle

Tony Phillips | Posted 09.02.2012 | Comedy
Tony Phillips

I imagine an international physics symposium must be rather like Lord of the Flies, only very clean and with laptops and accents. Here's something no one in a white coat will say outright, "Of course we didn't really find anything." But they didn't. They can't.

Chicago Helps Crack Code to the Matter of Life, Doesn't Get Invited to God Particle Party

Roxane Assaf | Posted 08.27.2012 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf

Imagine being part of the discovery of something that potentially cracks the code to the origins of the universe by understanding the structure of matter.

Basic Scientific Research and Its Transformational Potential

James M. Gentile | Posted 06.30.2012 | Science
James M. Gentile

As our nation's leadership in scientific and technological innovation is challenged as never before, federal funding of basic scientific research remains essential, but that research should be potentially transformational.

One Of World's Largest Atom Smashers Faces The Ax

AP | By TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 11.28.2011 | Technology

BATAVIA, Ill. -- Aside from the slogan on the water tower that reads "City of Energy," there is little in this leafy Chicago suburb of gently rolling ...

New Discovery Could Lead To 'God Particle'

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 09.20.2011 | Technology

A team of scientists believe they are one step closer to discovering the hypothetical Higgs boson particle (aka 'God particle'). Physicists working...

24, Shel Silverstein, Muons and God's Toe

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory claimed to have overcome the precepts of relativity and quantum mechanics. Wouldn't it be nice if Shel Silverstein were around to write a song about our metaphysical mess?

Fermilab Physicists Discover Clue To Why The Universe Exists

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's one of the biggest mysteries of science: Why is our universe made almost entirely of matter and not antimatter? Physicists at Fermi National Acc...

Angels and Demons -- Does Hollywood Science Equal Good Science?

Sharon Glassman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sharon Glassman

Her experiment works for me. While the science of Angels and Demons doesn't hold up on close examination, this doesn't make the movie any less appealing to me in theory.

Illinois Science Boost: Fermilab, Argonne Get $48 Million in Federal Funds

Associated Press | Jo Napolitano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sen. Richard Durbin and Congressman Bill Foster are touting $48 million in funding for two Illinois lab projects. The Illinois Democrats say the mone...

New Rule: Circle Jerk

Bill Maher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Maher

2008-09-17-maher2.jpg Now that you turned it on and the world did not end, you can stop trying to make me give a rat's ass about the Large Hadron Collider.

Left Behind

Patrick Barry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Barry

By Pat Barry and Hanna Lundqvist It's easy to look at science as an apolitical issue, something apart from partisan discord. But today's news of the...